The PwC graduate application and recruitment process explained
This outlines the application process (which you can begin via the 'Apply online' button) at PwC for graduate jobs and internships.
Apply to PwC early
PwC aims to complete the recruitment process, from your initial online form to completion of your assessment centre, within six weeks. While this timeframe can vary depending upon the availability of staff and how busy the recruitment team is at different parts of the year, it is clear that PwC starts recruiting early, often beginning before university terms begin.
There is some benefit in applying for a graduate scheme with PwC sooner rather than later. Despite increasing its number of vacancies over recent years, over half of PwC’s graduate roles are often secured by January.
PwC’s graduate online application process
There are typically three stages to making an online application:
- Complete the registration form. This will ask whether are on course for a 2.1, and whether you understand that all your responses must be accurate and honest. PwC has scrapped UCAS points as entry criteria for its graduate jobs.
- Complete the application form. This covers academic achievement, personal information, career motivation, employment history and references, extenuating circumstances, language skills, and extra-curricular activities and interests. Recruiters will refer to this in interview.
- Take the online tests – numerical, verbal and/or logical reasoning depending on which part of the business you’re applying to. Some of these may be diagrammatic in nature. All the online tests are delivered by SHL.
PwC’s online tests
There are up to three parts to the online test at PwC:
- Verbal reasoning and logical (diagrammatic) reasoning – these SHL tests assess communication skills and logic.
- Numerical reasoning – also by SHL, this covers basic skills such as percentages, ratios, fractions and foreign currency conversions.
- The PwC Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) – an untimed questionnaire designed to evaluate candidates' workplace behaviour.
You’re encouraged to complete mock assessments before you take the real ones. PwC will not have access to these results – they are to help you practise for the ones recruiters will see.
The tests need to be taken again on paper at the assessment centre. After completing the tests online, candidates will receive a feedback report.
There are practice questions before each section. You’ll need a calculator, paper and a pencil.
PwC’s graduate interviews and assessment centres
In brief, graduates may have a telephone interview after they have completed all the required testing. More likely, however, is that you’ll go straight to your first round face to face interview. This is held with a potential line manager. This is then followed by an assessment centre, and then finally your second round interview with a partner at PwC.
The application processes at PwC differ slightly according to the schemes to which you're applying.
‘For me, psychometric tests were the hardest as you may need to analyse data that's been presented to you in unfamiliar forms. However, the maths skills you need aren’t necessarily too complicated. Some of it’s just calculator skills – so if you want to find a 10% increase you divide by 100 and then times by 110 or multiply by 1.1.’
Vimal, assurance associate at PwC